Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 62/63, Spring

Accessing City Hall
The Working Group on Women's Access to Municipal Services in OttawaThe reporter caught both the diversity of women and their desire for full participation in municipal affairs in the description of our forum. This forum was part of a project to examine...
AGEING, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OECD Report on June 2000 Conference, Oslo, Norway
All books reviewed below are available at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, advertised in this issue.AGEING, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OECD Report on June 2000 Conference, Oslo, NorwayAvailable free on-line from OECD web site: www.sourceOECD.orgReviewed...
Are Media Putting Infants at Risk?
Environmental Risks, Breast Feeding and the MediaBreastfeeding as a media subject is both sexy and emotional. Sometimes the media extols the many, well-documented benefits of breast-feeding. But on the subject of environmental toxins in mother's milk,...
A Weird Woman in a Weird City
Leyla Erbil's IstanbulWhat does it mean to be a modern woman in Istanbul? Is it cause for an arduous confrontation between socially enforced stereotypes? Does it challenge culturally enshrined opposites between the domestic and the public? Or, is it...
Cities for Women
The military and corporate agendas are ruthlessly rolling back the gains and services women in the North have won with such effort in the 1970's and 80's. At that time women were discovering the gender imbalance reflected in our cities and communities....
Cycling Freedom for Women
Barriers for Women Cyclists Around the WorldWith a briefcase strapped to her bicycle rack, a woman in high heels and a skirt cycles past a line of stopped cars through one of Ottawa's busiest downtown intersections. In Zambezia, Mozambique, a health...
Engendering Local Government
The Namibian Women's 50/50 CampaignAfter a long history of oppression under colonialism, the people of Namibia have a Constitution based on the fundamental values of equality and human dignity for all. And Namibian women are well on their way to claiming...
For the Greater Good
Neither for the greater good, nor the logic of the commons does society work, but only hopes to take what is yours and mine by birth's first breath and make it theirs by power's gnarled hand, that they might sell what is yours and mine back to us again,...
From Environmental Ill to Environmental Health
Women Activists Taking Care of Halifax Nova Scotia"We are concerned about the fate of the planet, and some of us believe that living simply is part of revolutionary political practice. We have a sense of the sacred. The ground we stand on is shifting,...
From Homeless to Entrepreneur
The Story of the Mbare Federation Business InitiativeThe Zimbabwe Federation of Homeless People (the Federation) is a women-led people's movement - a nationwide organization of approximately 20,000 squatter settlers who survive in extremely substandard...
Gender Mainstreaming
More Women Might Be Better"Gender mainstreaming is the systematic integration of gender into all systems and structures [of government], policies, programmes, personnel, processes and projects, into ways of seeing and doing, into cultures and Organisations."...
Her Havana
Cuban Women Writers Imagining a City of Their OwnHavana beckons writers. For some it serves as an enchanting and exotic urban background; for others it is a touchstone, a place to center one's creative universe and to call home. The Cuban capital is...
Hong Kong vs Toronto
Getting Around Without a Car"Something momentous and rather sinister happened ... we transformed our lovely New World landscape, and virtually all our townscapes, into an immense, uniform automobile slum, from sea to shining sea. In the process, we created...
Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets
INCLUSIVE URBAN DESIGN: PUBLIC TOILETSClara GreedArchitectural Press, Oxford, UK, 2003. pp361 Price: 34.99 English PoundsReviewed by Prabha KhoslaThe time for "potty parity" between men and women is long overdue. Or, as we would say in Canada, equitable...
Ni Putes Ni Soumises! Neither Whores nor Submissives!
An Emergent Body Politic and its FreedomAmid flattering images of French suburban high rise housing, a caption at a French website tells us "arretons de critiquer les banlieues!" (stop criticizing the suburbs!) The author of the website is anonymous....
No Place like Home
Women's Housing Advocacy Rebirth in TorontoHope is in the air for women in Toronto. New governments and leaders at all levels have reinvigorated women's efforts to have gender taken seriously. Women are working their way back to the tables to talk about...
Not the Chicken, Not the Egg, but the Nest!
A common criticism of newly built settlements is that they are beautiful, but dead. Residents often invest little more than their money in their surroundings. They tend to be double earners spending a lot of time outside the neighborhood. In order for...
Osaka Women's Chat Group
A Homeless Women's Support GroupIn a formal, well-manicured park, on a small island created by the fork of the Tosabori River in Osaka, Japan, the Women's Chat Group meets monthly, near encampments of about 100 homeless people, mostly men. The location...
Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids?
Tough ChoicesIf you had to choose between paying the rent or feeding the kids, what would you choose? For Louise and Charmaine, two Aboriginal women living in poverty and poor housing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, these are their daily life choices (names,...
Poor Women in Power Sharing and Decision Making
Just an OpeningWomen around the world are organizing for greater representation in political office. To that end they are using international and regional instruments to pressure governments for gender parity and national and international accountability....
SAFE HAVEN the Story of a Woman's Shelter
SAFE HAVEN The Story of a Woman's Shelter Rae Bridgman University of Toronto Press, 160pp, CAD $21.95 paperback Reviewed by Sylvia NovacThis ethnographic account by Rae Bridgman is a vivid description of the conception, birth, and early life of an "experimental,...
Strengthening Women's Voices in Municipal Processes
Canada Still at the Consultation StageIncreasing Women's Participation in Municipal Consultation Processes is an exciting new project that involves women across the country in participatory research. It is poised to increase women's participation in...
STRONG WOMEN STORIES Native Vision and Community Survival
STRONG WOMEN STORIES Native Vision and Community Survival Edited by Kim Anderson & Bonita Lawrence Published by Sumach Press, 264 pp, CAD $26.95 Reviewed by Viola ThomasThe power of words shared within this anthology, Strong Women Stories, reminds...
THE CO-WORKPLACE Teleworking in the Neighbourhood
THE CO-WORKPLACE Teleworking in the NeighbourhoodBy Laura C. Johnson, UBC Press, 2003, Pp 144; CAD $24.95 (paperback)Reviewed by Regula ModlichThe Co-Workplace presents a well-reasoned case for shared working spaces located independently from an employer...
The Maria Auxiliadora Community
Solving Housing Problems With And For WomenThe Maria Auxiliadora Community is not an urban development nor a settlement. It is, as its name indicates, a community, where land and housing title deeds for women are recognized. It is located in Cochabamba,...
Under One Roof
Homes as Productive AssetsBoth in rural and urban areas of South Asia, women's ownership of land and property means security against poverty and an associated economic and social status that other forms of income do not provide. Property ownership also...
What Will Move Us?
An Emerging Future For Urban TransportationIn ecological terms, it should come as no revelation that as cities grow and become more complex and diverse, they begin to create more efficiencies. Ecosystems grow from simple systems with a few pioneering...
Where's the Old Dykes' Home?
City Planners Leave Older Lesbians Out in the ColdIncreasingly, municipalities agree that they have an important role to play in social planning and a civic duty to ensure that there are adequate services and affordable housing for our society's most...
Why Women Still Leave Architecture
A Research Report"There is plenty of evidence to suggest that men tend to have more spatial skills, and women more intuitive and language skills" (Phillips, 2003). The publication of the research report, "Why women leave architecture" provoked Philips'...
WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of AfghanistanAnne E. BrodskyRoutledge Press, 2003. 318 pages $38.00Reviewed by Prabha KhoslaEver wondered what a biography of an independent and autonomous women's liberation movement...
Women and Safer Community Planning on the Ground
Are We Getting Anywhere?In the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island on Canada's west coast, the Safer Futures Program (Cowichan Women Against Violence Society) has been working with local governments since 1996 to research women's safety issues and develop...
Women Shifting Power
Energy and Sustainable CommunitiesEnergy is linked to many of the most serious environmental and social problems of our times. The gravity and extent of the crises is evident in everyday headlines: fossil fuel use causing climate change; disasters and...